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Ethiopia has no intention to harm downstream countries: Envoy

Juba, South Sudan, June 3rd, 2021 – The government of Ethiopia says it has ‘no intention’ to cause any harm to downstream countries like Sudan and Egypt through the construction of the highly-contested Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Ethiopia has no intention to harm downstream countries: Envoy
President Salva Kiir (C), Beatrice Khamisa Wani, South Sudan’s Foreign Minister (First from right), and Ethiopian delegate at J1 on Thursday 03/06/2021 (photo credit: Presidential Press Unit

This comes in a meeting between Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Dr. Eng Seleshi Bekele, who is also the special envoy of Ethiopian Prime Minister and South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit in Juba Thursday.

Kiir and the special envoy of the Ethiopian Prime Minister have discussed extensively how to strengthen the relations of two countries according to an update published by the presidential press unit.

They also discussed the Tigray conflict, a situation claimed to be returning to normalcy, upcoming general elections of Ethiopia as well as construction and operations of the GERD, including the situation of Sudan-Ethiopia border disputes.

In a statement extended to Nyamilepedia, The government of Ethiopia says it has ‘no intention’ to cause any harm to downstream countries like Sudan and Egypt through the construction of the highly-contested Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). said, Mr. Bekele brought a special message from the Ethiopian government to its South Sudan counterpart.

In a televised address, Bekele said, Ethiopia has no intention of harming any downstream country with the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam but rather focusing on its own development.

Dr. Eng. Seleshi further stressed that the Scientists have designed a strategy that the Dam will not jeopardize any country in the Nile Basin.

The special envoy to the Prime Minister told the media how he briefed Kiir about the upcoming Ethiopian elections saying everything is in order, promising that it will be a Democratic exercise that reflects transparency as required by the Ethiopian constitution.

He concluded that the Ethiopian government has what it can to make sure that no conflict erupts in different parts of Ethiopia.

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